National Diabetes Month

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Photo credit: Eastern Virginia Medical School

 November is National Diabetes Month.  According to the Centers Disease Control and Prevention,  29.1 million people or 9.3% of  the U.S. population has diabetes.  21 million people have been diagnosed, however 8.1 million people are not diagnosed.   It is extremely important know the risk factors of diabetes and how to prevent it.  There are two types of diabetes.  Type 1 is caused by genetics and unknown factors that  cause zero production of insulin.  The CDC reports that only 5% of those diagnosed have type 1.  Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented though.  Type 2 Diabetes is when the body does produce insulin, but an insufficient amount to control blood sugar levels.  Long term effects of diabetes include nerve damage, problems with eyesight, increased risk of kidney disease.

Know your risk factors and seek help if any of the following applies to you:

– 45 years or older

– high blood glucose levels

-high blood pressure (140/90 or higher)

-family background with diabetes

-inactive physical lifestyle

 Some symptoms of diabetes include:

-Urinating often, extreme thirst and hunger even though you have eaten, extreme fatigue or blurry vision.

For more information  go to: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/symptoms/?loc=db-slabnav#sthash.n0O48oyZ.dpuf

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